As we entered November the Tampa Bay Lightning looked to put their October woes behind them. That didn’t work however, as Carolina walked out with a 4-2 victory.
The Lightning scored first when a Marc-Andre Bergeron shot from the point deflected off a Hurricane and right to teammate Teddy Purcell, who had an open side and easily shot the puck past Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward. Carolina came right back, scoring a power play goal with a minute and a half remaining in the first period, as Chad LaRose got his first of two goals on the night past Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson to tie the game at one apiece.
The Hurricanes turned things up a notch in the second period. Last years Rookie of the Year, Jeff Skinner, scored his first of two goals 22 seconds in, giving the Hurricanes a lead that they never relinquished. Skinner scored again, about 15 minutes into the second period, when Tampa Bay defenseman Eric Brewer broke his stick while trying to poke-check the puck away, making it 3-1 Hurricanes.
The Lightning seemed to pick up their game in the third period, getting many of their chances, and they finally cashed in with about five and a half minutes remaining in the game. That was when some battling along the boards by Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier resulted in Brett Connolly’s first ever NHL goal, cutting the deficit to 3-2. Unfortunately, a bad play in the Lightning zone by defenseman Victor Hedman resulted in LaRose’s second goal of the game 50 seconds after Connolly’s goal. The Lightning got some more chances but Ward shut the door, preserving a 4-2 win for the Hurricanes.
The Lightning now head home and, after two days off, will face the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night at the St. Pete Times Forum. Time to pick things up boys!!